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IRS Releases Final 2016 Forms 1094 and 1095

Posted By ThinkHR , Wednesday, October 19, 2016

IRS Releases Final 2016 Forms 1094 and 1095

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 05:53 AM PDT

 

The IRS has released the final forms and instructions that employers will use for 2016 reporting under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The 2016 forms are due in early 2017.

 

Applicable large employers (ALEs) will use the following:

§ 2016 Form 1094-C (transmittal to IRS).

§ 2016 Form 1095-C (statement to individual).

§ Instructions for 2016 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C (instructions).

Employers that self-fund a minimum essential coverage plan will use the following:

§ 2016 Form 1094-B (transmittal to IRS).

§ 2016 Form 1095-B (statement to individual).

§ Instructions for 2016 Forms 1094-B and 1095-B (instructions).

Background

Applicable large employers (ALEs), who generally are entities that employed 50 or more full-time and full-time-equivalent employees in the prior year, are required to report information about the health coverage they offered or did not offer to certain employees in 2016. To meet this reporting requirement, the ALE will furnish Form 1095-C to the employee or former employee and file copies, along with transmittal Form 1094-C, with the IRS.

Employers, regardless of size, that sponsored a self-funded (self-insured) health plan providing minimum essential coverage in 2016 are required to report coverage information about enrollees. To meet this reporting requirement, the employer will furnish Form 1095-B to the primary enrollee and file copies, along with transmittal Form 1094-B, with the IRS. Self-funded employers who also are ALEs may use Forms 1095-C and 1094-C in lieu of Forms 1095-B and 1094-B.

Information is reported on a calendar-year basis regardless of the employer’s health plan year or fiscal year.

Due Dates

The due date to furnish 2016 forms to individuals is January 31, 2017, while the due date to file copies with the IRS, including the appropriate transmittal form, will depend on whether the employer files electronically or by paper. Entities that provide 250 or more forms to individuals are required to file electronically with the IRS.

Although the IRS had extended the deadlines last year to help employers deal with the new and complex reporting requirements, that is unlikely to happen again. The due dates for 2016 reporting are:

§ January 31, 2017: Deadline to furnish 2016 Form 1095-C (or 1095-B, if applicable) to employees and individuals.

§ February 28, 2017: Deadline for paper filing of all 2016 Forms 1095-C and 1095-B, along with transmittal form 1094-C or 1094-B, with the IRS.

§ March 31, 2017: Deadline for electronic filing of all 2016 Forms 1095-C and 1095-B, along with transmittal form 1094-C or 1094-B, with the IRS.

Changes for 2016

The 2016 forms and instructions are very similar to the prior year’s materials, although there are some changes for items that no longer apply or to simplify or clarify the information. Some of the changes include:

§ Removing references to transition relief options that are no longer available to ALEs.

§ Confirming the multiemployer interim relief rule remains in place for ALEs that contribute to a multiemployer plan (e.g., union trust).

§ Clarifying the instructions for ALEs that are part of an Aggregated ALE Group, including examples of employees that work for more than one member of the group in the same year.

§ Providing examples of reporting COBRA coverage offers for terminated employees and for family members when the employee is still working.

§ Clarifying the rules for reporting self-funded minimum essential coverage when the individual is covered under more than one such plan.

§ Allowing use of Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs) in place of Social Security numbers (SSNs) when reporting coverage of non-employees (e.g., family members).

§ Updating references for items that have been adjusted for inflation, such as the affordability percentage (9.66 percent for 2016).

In general, the forms are nearly identical to the versions used last year. The instructions, however, have been revised in several areas for changes and to provide clearer information and examples to assist employers.

Penalties

Failure to provide timely and correct forms to individuals or the IRS can result in significant penalties. The IRS may impose a penalty of $260 per late or incorrect form (up to almost $3.2 million annually in some cases). The IRS may waive or reduce the penalties for employers whose failures are due to reasonable cause and employers that make legitimate efforts to complete the forms as soon as possible.

Summary

The deadlines for 2016 ACA reporting are fast approaching and it is unlikely the IRS will extend the due dates. Employers are encouraged to work with experienced vendors, tax advisors, and payroll administrators to review how the ACA reporting requirements apply to their situation. The required forms are important IRS documents and preparers should use the same level of care that would apply to employee W-2s.

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New FREE CausePlanet book summary on how to execute mobile media effectively

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Using mobile platforms is an art and a science

Any doubts you may have that social networks aren’t powerful or don’t need to be a priority in your communication and fundraising efforts can now be put to rest, according to Mobile for Good author Heather Mansfield.

A comprehensive and thoroughly researched resource for nonprofits, Mobile for Good helps you master mobile content distribution on social networks so you are more likely to experience fundraising success. She provides recommended software, helpful checklists and nonprofits you should model.

Mansfield’s summary is available FREE for dues-paying (General and Associate) members.

 

Download these summaries and more in 3 simple steps:

 

1.      Visit www.causeplanet.org.

2.      Click on “Subscriber Log-in” at the top right corner, using your email and “Password1”.

3.      Click on “Visit the Summary Library” and download any title you like.

 

Questions? Email us at Support@CausePlanet.org.

 

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Nonprofit Workshop: Quick Year-End Fundraising

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The end of the year is the busiest time for charitable giving!
Did it sneak up on you?  
Are you and your nonprofit ready?

 

Quick Year-End Fundraising
Tuesday, November 8
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans
Details and registration

 

The clock is ticking!  Don't miss this hands-on workshop, which offers simple tools you can use to raise funds during these essential last weeks of the year.

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation after completing the workshop.

Registration $40 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people.

Email info@thefundingseed.com to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

Tags:  development  donations  donor retention  donors  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  louisiana  Member Event  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  online fundraising  sustainability  training  workshop 

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Participating in Harvard College’s Public Service Winternship Program

Posted By Travis Lovett, Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) at Harvard College, Monday, October 17, 2016

Public service organizations with volunteer needs this winter are invited to participate in Harvard's January Winternship program, organized by Harvard's Center for Public Interest Careers.  It only takes a few minutes to complete our online Winternship posting form

 

Students will be available to volunteer for up to three weeks during January (between January 2-22, 2017) at no cost to participating organizations. If you complete this form, we will work to put you directly in touch with Harvard College students who are seeking public service volunteer opportunities.  The deadline for organizations to post Winternships with us is November 18th.  Participating organizations will receive a resume bundle from students in late November.

 

Past volunteers have worked on research projects, curriculum development, planning field trips, developing social media outreach, writing donor thank you notes, and providing direct services to clients and constituents.

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Nonprofits Receive Over $6.5 Million in Cash Back From the Unemployment Services Trust (UST)

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, October 13, 2016

UST Rewards 431 Members for Successfully Lowering Their Anticipated Unemployment Claims within the Last Year

In an era when nonprofits are struggling to stretch their budgets, the Unemployment Services Trust (UST) today announced it is pleased to disperse $6,664,166 to 431 of its program participants. The agencies receiving the funds have demonstrated prudent management of their unemployment costs resulting in a return of funds back to the organizations. This brings participant savings over the past year to a whopping $34,980,275.96 in claims savings, audited state returns and cash back.

501(c)(3) organizations have the exclusive advantage of opting out of their state's unemployment tax system and instead paying dollar-for-dollar for only their former employees claims. Excess payments made into the state tax system are not refunded to employers. UST, however, provides cash back when an organization has had a positive claim history and has reduced its unemployment claims lower than initially anticipated, while also staying well-funded for future claims.

"It's incredibly rewarding to be able to give money back to these organizations whose core mission objectives are geared towards serving their communities."

DONNA GROH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UST

“It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to give money back to these organizations whose core mission objectives are geared towards serving their communities,” said Donna Groh, Executive Director of UST. “It allows them the funds to further expand their programs in areas where otherwise they might not have been able. In a way we’re helping to invest in the future of each nonprofit organization participating in the Trust and that’s a great feeling.”

The largest nonprofit unemployment trust in the nation, UST helps 501(c)(3) organizations nationwide save time and money through a host of workforce management solutions that include - unemployment claims management, cash flow protection,  HR Workplace assistance, outplacement services and more.  The company services nonprofits from all sectors with 10 or more full-time employees. UST encourages nonprofits that are currently tax-rated or direct reimbursing on their own to review their options as they may be over-paying.

About UST

Founded by nonprofits for nonprofits, Unemployment Services Trust (UST) provides 501(c)(3)s with a cost-effective alternative to paying state unemployment taxes. UST participants save millions annually through claims management, hearing representation, claim audits, outplacement services, and HR support. Join more than 2,100 nonprofits nationwide and request a Savings Evaluation at www.ChooseUST.org.

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6 Reasons Your Nonprofit Employees QUIT

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, October 13, 2016

Employee turnover is costly. Not to mention the lost productivity, lost time, and effort of recruiting and training new employees.


So what’s making your employees quit?

Download this white paper from UST, which reveals the top six reasons employees in the sector quit—based on a survey of over 1,300 nonprofit organization employees last year.Plus you'll learn:
  • Key factors to job satisfaction
  • New statistics from the sector
  • Steps you can take to retain employees

Make sure you're in-the-know about what keeps employees satisfied, and how you can implement impactful engagement and retention strategies. Download your complimentary copy today by filling out the form on the right.

About UST 
The Unemployment Services Trust (UST) helps lower the cost of nonprofit unemployment claims and provides an HR hotline and employee training platform. Last year UST found more than $6,022,190 in potential Unemployment Cost Savings for nonprofits. Find out how much you can save by requesting an Unemployment Cost Analysis.
 

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DISASTER RECOVERY RESOURCE FAIR

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, October 13, 2016

For Homeowners & Renters

Saturday, October 15, 2016 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER

2 Roosevelt Steptoe Drive

A.A. Lenoir Hall

Baton Rouge, LA 70813

 

Your “One-Stop Shop”

Valuable Information & Guidance

·                 Housing Resources

·                 Shelter At Home

·                 Flood Insurance

·                 Foreclosure Prevention

·                 Housing Counseling

·                 Unemployment

·                 Title Issues/Successions

·                 Legal Services

·                 Disaster Tax Relief

·                 Mitigation

·                 Various Types of Loans

·                 And More

 

FREE TO ATTEND

- ASL Interpreters Available –

For more information or directions, call 225-389-5350

 

More events coming soon to Ascension and Livingston Parishes

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Louisiana Disaster Assistance Deadline Extended to November 14

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, October 13, 2016
Release date: 
October 12, 2016
Release Number: 
NR-081

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisianans in parishes affected by August flooding now have until Monday, Nov.14, 2016, to register for federal disaster assistance. The State of Louisiana and FEMA advise that the deadline to apply for disaster assistance has been extended, so that all eligible residents have enough time to apply for assistance.

Federal officials hope this additional time will ensure that everyone affected by the August severe storms and flooding has an opportunity to register for FEMA assistance. The goal is to reach all flood survivors who still need help.  

Registration is open to survivors in Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana Parishes. 

This new deadline also applies to homeowners, renters and businesses submitting applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

You can apply for assistance or track your status online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by using the FEMA app. If you prefer, call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. FEMA phone lines are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; multilingual operators are available.

Homeowners, renters and businesses affected by the floods, can apply for a low-interest SBA disaster loan after registering with FEMA by going online to SBA’s secure site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, calling 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339). For information on SBA disaster assistance, go to www.sba.gov.

SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofits for their uncompensated physical disaster losses (homes, personal property and business assets).  For small businesses and most private nonprofits, SBA disaster loans are available to cover working capital needs caused by the disaster, whether or not the business suffered physical damage.

For more information on the Louisiana recovery, visit the disaster webpage for the flooding at fema.gov/disaster/4277; or visit the website for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at gohsep.la.gov. Follow FEMA on Twitter @femaregion6.
 

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Creative Relief Grant Application Now Available

Posted By Liz Goad, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Monday, October 3, 2016
The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is offering Creative Relief grants to Professional Artists and Non-Profit Arts and Culture Organizations that were adversely affected by flooding in August 2016.

This opportunity is available to individuals and organizations with a history of arts programming whose sites, materials, equipment, or collections were damaged in the recent flooding. To be eligible for this grant, applicants must be domiciled within the 11-parish region served by Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, including Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Point Coupee, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana Parishes.

Other eligibility requirements, instructions, and the grant form are available at artsbr.org

Grant application deadline is Monday, October 31, 2016 at 4pm. The Arts Council will send grant notifications and distribute funds by December 1, 2016.

For more information, contact Liz Goad, Director of Economic Development and Human Resources at 225-344-8558 Ext. 228 or lgoad@artsbr.org

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"Paddling for Preservation” Scheduled for October 9, 2016

Posted By Karen Babin, Louisiana Trust for Land, Monday, October 3, 2016

   For further information:  Karen Babin, 985-542-5006


“Paddling for Preservation” Scheduled for October 9, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  


Break out the canoes and kayaks, or use one that will be provided, and join us as we explore a new 
river paddling and floating on the beautiful Bogue Falaya River!  Land Trust for Louisiana and Canoe & 
Trail Adventures are co-hosting “Paddling for Preservation,” a benefit event, on Sunday, October 9, 
beginning at 10 a.m. in Covington. 

 


The approximately 8-mile river trip follows a meandering course through modest currents and past 
numerous white sand bars and heavily-forested river banks.  Experts in Northshore flora and fauna will 
provide brief narrative, and participants will return to the launch site by mid-afternoon, with a noontime 
stop for bring-your-own bag lunch and cold drink.

 

Advance registration and signed waiver are required; cost is $40 per person, $30 if you provide your 
own canoe or kayak (children accompanied by two paddlers may be added to rental canoes for just $5).  
Once registered, information on the launch location, driving directions and web link to the participation 
waiver will be provided via confirmation email. 


 This 3rd annual “Paddling for Preservation” event is being hosted for the first time on the 
Bogue Falaya, part of the new Three Rivers Blueway in St. Tammany Parish.  Event proceeds benefit Land 

Trust for Louisiana, dedicated to preserving valuable natural land in the state’s coastal, agricultural and 
recreational rural, and urban communities.  The Trust’s efforts protect fresh water and endangered wildlife, 
longleaf pine and bald cypress trees, wetlands and bayous among the many of Louisiana’s natural treasures. 

 

To register online, please visit http://www.landtrustforlouisiana.org/.  Canoe and Trail Adventures 
requires everyone register ahead of time, even if you are bringing your own canoe or kayak.  If you have 
any questions, please contact Land Trust for Louisiana at 985-542-5006. 

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